Homes, farmland flood in rural northwest Louisiana

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Posted: Jun 10, 2015 2:55 PM
Homes, farmland flood in rural northwest Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Homes and farmland remain under water in rural northwest Louisiana, and damage is spreading as the floodwaters from storms in neighboring Oklahoma and Texas overwhelm the Red River.

Totals for flooded buildings and farm acreage were unclear Wednesday. Both Bossier and Caddo parish officials are asking residents to report damage to their homes or businesses.

Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says an estimated 300 buildings have had power cut off, are threatened by water or have water inside.

In Bossier Parish, sheriff's spokesman Bill Davis says two or three dozen houses are flooded and at least 2,000 farm animals have been moved to higher ground.

Downriver in Natchitoches (NAK-uh-desh) Parish, Mary Jones of the homeland security office says at least 50 houses are flooded, but some are unoccupied.